WARNING: The results can be dangerous, so proceed with caution. Seriously, many Legislators have lost their jobs by making this recipe.
1 Governor who wants to privatize public education
1 Commissioner of Education who wants to privatize and profit from public education
33 Senators (you won't need them all)
99 State Representatives (you won't need them all, but you'll need to strong-arm enough to get a majority)
1,817 TN public schools
993,496 or so TN students + their parents and teachers
6). If the parents & teachers still seem tough, increase the temperature to speed up the process.
This recipe was a blue ribbon winner in Arizona, Oklahoma, Colorado, West Virginia, Oakland, and Kentucky. After following this recipe, the parents and teachers in those states jumped out of the pot like grease out of a hot frying pan! When they realized that politicians were cooking their children's public school, they were angrier than hornets! They told their friends, which only added more fuel to the fire. The results were not pretty for politicians.
What happened? I followed the recipe exactly!
First, parents and teachers started calling and emailing their elected officials. That little indigestion was easy enough to ignore. But then they started showing up at their offices at the capitol. Darnit. Gotta wear blinders and earplugs to work for a bit. Awwww naaawww, the those pesky teachers and parents had the nerve to work together and all show up on the same day! Gosh durnit, those teachers were supposed to be in their underfunded classrooms, but they used their sick and personal days.
Now some might call this action of not going to work (and instead gathering with your co-workers while holding signs at a place where politicians are) a "strike." But everyone knows strikes aren't legal in Tennessee since legislators made TN a "Right to Work" state, which really means "Those teachers better get Right back to Work and stop complaining!" But you know what? Other states also have that same law, and that didn't stop those teachers from doing some pretty darn effective "Sick Outs." Some school districts even had to cancel school because so many teachers were "sick" over their legislators' actions. Be careful... It is really contagious. And TN teachers and parents are all catching it. Must be something in the water in Tennessee...
It is literally boiling over in Tennessee right now:
- Protesting Governor Lee at fancy dinner - Saturday, April 6 hundreds of Knoxville area residents & teachers showed up to protest Governor Bill Lee at a fancy dinner.
- Rally at the Capitol by Tennessee Strong Coalition - A group of volunteer public school supporters created a coalition to stop vouchers and charters. They are planning action on Tuesday, April 9 at noon. They welcome any public school supporters to join them. The more, the merrier! Click here for more details.
- "Sick" teachers are going to infect the capitol on April 9 - These are healthy teachers who are using their sick or precious few personal days to protest at the capitol and visit legislators before the voucher vote.
- More "Sick" teachers and parents are expected to visit the capitol on Wednesday, April 10 @ 11am for the House Finance Subcommittee when the Voucher (aka: "Education Savings Accounts") bill is scheduled to be voted upon.
- We hear more actions are coming to the capitol if this goes to a floor fight in the House.
Honestly, we hope you've caught this "sick out" too, by reading this blog. Follow Momma Bears on Facebook, and kindly "Share the Bear" by sharing our blog. Infect your friends to make them "sick," too. Oh, and be sure to politely pester your politicians because persistent parents can often pressure their politicians to do the right thing knowing they need your vote to keep their jobs.